O.J. Simpson was ordered Monday to surrender a new $40,000 car and a piano - despite his insistence that he owns neither.
He said the piano was a gift to his mother, who plays it every morning when she is at his home, and the car was a birthday present from his mother and sisters for him to drive his youngest children to school.
Superior Court Judge David Perez agreed with a lawyer for Fred Goldman, who claimed Simpson is trying to circumvent the law to avoid paying a $19 million judgment awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit.
“This is part and parcel of this whole charade, your honor,” said attorney Gary Caris, referring to the birthday party at which Simpson was given the vehicle. “They’re winking and laughing as they turn over the keys. Mr. Simpson should not be allowed to play these games.”
He said Simpson was presented with the new Ford Expedition at his 50th birthday party on July 12, three days after his actual birthday.
Simpson said he doesn’t know what name the car is registered in, and asked that he be allowed to continue driving it until ownership is determined. He said his sisters and mother provided it because “my family realized what I needed most was a car.”
Simpson sold his Chevrolet Suburban and his Bentley was auctioned.
The judge refused Simpson’s request and ordered him to turn over the sports utility vehicle Thursday. He also said deputies could seize the piano on the same day.
Simpson told the judge that he and his slain wife, Nicole, bought the Yamaha grand piano 12 years ago, now worth $20,000, as a gift for his mother, Eunice. He said she is the only piano player in the family and that she spends every other month at his home.
“Some people have a cup of coffee when they get up in the morning,” he told reporters. “My mother plays piano in the morning.”
The judge scheduled an Aug. 7 hearing at which Simpson’s family members can assert ownership of the two items.